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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Find ethionamide And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.

"I never saw sports as my future, find ethionamide" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Find ethionamide "I looked at it as a means to an end. Find ethionamide I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, find ethionamide covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Find ethionamide The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, find ethionamide Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, find ethionamide each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Find ethionamide After the presentation, find ethionamide he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Find ethionamide Though he encountered many Patriots fans, find ethionamide Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, find ethionamide he's happy.

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